To be creative, one has to discover inner feelings. If a
student searches within himself and finds that offensive language
is how he can express his feelings, then so be it. If a student
begins to express himself through his everyday language, then he
can begin to grow.
If the teacher explains that he wants an assignment written on
the student's everyday life and feelings, the student has the right
to express exactly how he feels in his daily life. Once a student
can grasp reality, then imagination can expand to different heights.
The language may be offensive to others; but the learning
experience is not for the reader. Instead, it is for the writer.
Education is the basis for students to learn various experiences.
If a student tries different ways of writing, the student will find
his best work.
Dana M. Pfaff
Senior, Ste. Genevieve Senior High
If you tell a student to write what he feels in his words, you
can't tell him which words to use. Then a constitutional right is
taken away from that individual. That is the main issue here.
Voltaire put it best when he said, "I don't agree with a word you
say. But I will defend to the death your right to say it." It
doesn't matter what the students said. What matters is that the
students put time into their assignments. If you don't want
students to be creative in their own words, you should not assign
Junior, International Studies High
Creative writing, though it may sometimes be profane, is a way
to channel emotions as an alternative to violence. I would hope
these people could appreciate that, but obviously they cannot.
If you set limits on how much a child can elaborate his or her
mind, how can that child be expected to excel past his or her
current competence? If my English teacher did not push me to write
creatively, my reading level, on top of other aspects of my
academics, would still be as low as before my entrance to high
school. Illiteracy a major national problem, along with violence.
In my opinion, creative writing is a solution to both.
Freshman, Northwest High
What's the point of creative writing if students are not
allowed to use certain words to express their feelings? Why should
students be prohibited from using offensive words when they go into
their school libraries and look them up in the dictionary? Some of
America's finest authors use offensive language. If students feel
a certain word would get their ideas across, whether the word is
offensive or not, they should use it.
Junior, Hazelwood West High
Students' use of offensive language in creative writing should
not even be questioned. By trivializing this right, society may be
unknowingly destroying some of tomorrow's most promising writers.
It is hard enough for teachers to convince students that they
should be free to express their feelings through writing without
added restrictions on creativity. If students choose to illustrate
a point with profanity or even make racially biased remarks in
writing, who has the right to prohibit it? A teacher may disagree,
other students may disagree, but these are the things all people
must decide for themselves.
As a society, how can America, the land of the free, put
limitations on human emotion? An even worse message being shown to
young people is that they have to deny angry feelings, bitterness
and violent or sexual thoughts. This suggests they are disgusting
and no one wants to hear what is really on their minds.
Freshman, Metro High
If the profanity is used for a reason to make a paper more
realistic, it should be allowed. Teen-agers today hear profanity
and see violence in movies, compact discs and music videos as well
as on the streets. …